Greeting from the month of march- in like a lion, as I write its a buzzard………………… and yesterday we were out in tee shirts, “crazy”!
–This month I have been chosen to show with curator Michael Haerteis for the year in: “Hope is Maybe” , traveling Germany: Munich, Jesuit Refugee Home, Munich International Airport and others TBD. There is an accompanying catalog.
The commercial video and photography has had us hopping and we now have to welcome a new township. I look forward to filling 2 more slots with permanent townships. So please feel free with inquires to reach me at the studio 518-587-8706.
This month thoughts and inspirations are as follows:
No. 625_ Lamprocapnos Spectabilis
24” x 12 round, reclaimed exhaust, fuel line, small motor head, welded and finished in clear.
Scientific name meaning: plant- Bleeding Heart
This sculpture is experiment in cross connection of platforms and can be looked at from any one trial and error.
I created Lamprocapnos Spectabilis sculpture from mechanical parts that reference power, fuel, exhaust, travel, industry, movement, decay, and connected my thoughts around the complexities of fossil fuel by photographing the sculpture at a car dealership in a snow storm, with a view of highways, byways and overpass, at the heavy traffic time of day. I thought this would create a performance contextualizing immense dialog and presure we humans face.
The photographs and video were taken and retaken, everything I owned was wet and dirty, it rained, snowed, I was chased by a plow, thrown off the dealerships property and then it warmed up and I ran out of snow, but never out of traffic or thoughts around mindfulness and nature.
Finally, I decided to focus on the sculptures information and detail – Just photograph without dialog of interaction.
In the end The Sculpture is the embodiment of my struggle. To understand why everyone is not outraged with the issues of earth stewardship. Sometimes I think its Hope or maybe a happy go lucky attitude, stupid bliss, then I come across; I don’t give a shit, I will not be around and everything in between – the moment is now.
Soaked and exhausted I sat and had a drink at the local hole – I was called a “Save The World Bleeding Heart!” -like that’s a bad thing – I thought shouldn’t we all be – aware – share in caring?
I’m repeating myself but: When I started research about the arctic and melt, I said I didn’t believe it was a black and white situation. When talking with colleagues the idea to create my dialog through figure and ice in black and white came about as you started to see last month.
At J. Kettelwells monthly art chew, he and I had a fantastic stimulating chat around energy, color and shape placement, which extended and kicked my arctic conversation of black and white to include gray ……..
I went right to work here is some of the outcome-
I’m still taking instruction on cad drawing and 3d printing so for my friend the professor and his wife Bob and Liz Skimmer, I took his copyrighted design and created a cad drawing then printed it in plastic as an exercise. Im really inspired by this process, with tons of new ideas- except for all the time sitting staring at a computer leaving me to think my eyes are gonna fall out.
Bark back natures fact-
Oil pastel drawings from field Studies and meditation on tree communications.
Tar painting with oil on 4 panels of masonite, created using a hubcap as a paint brush.
I started thinking about the heart and how it drives most of my work-
Organ, having a character or feelings of a specified kind. “a generous-hearted and loving man”. Lion hearted, The heart of things, put your heart into it, that’s heart felt, she’s a dark heart, that’s black hearted, Heart of Kings, and so on.
We had a young couple loose their child in birth with that I examined heart further. I took a drawings and thought about process lighting and then digitally changed the colors connecting process and outcome.
I worked the ideas many ways below are the final digital pcs-
We live where there is many eagle’s and this month we got to watch, as two mature Large birds, dash and swoop each other in a dance that rode the breeze and as i dared not to breath for fear of missing a trick but leaving my thoughts and reactions in awe and amazement.
I created drawings, more than I care to count and have started a sculpture inspired by theses amazing creatures, but I leave the visuals for next month.
Ive been enjoying the many hand lettering ideas like: “Times A Wastin”– with cartoon of Wile E.Coyote chasing the roadrunner with a hay bale under his wing for a tractors nose sides. Great Ideas – Thanks Tim and Jackie.
Please note the pictures have a reflection from the light.
Thank you for joining me and look l forward to what the future holds, wishing you wellness until next we meet…..